Saturday, November 18, 2017

My Best Reads of May 2017 - a Poll Off

It's always hard to decide what the best books you've read in a year are.  We can look at our ratings, but those may change depending on our mood. It's really hard to compare some of those books against each other, especially when you've read them months apart, or they are on completely different subjects.

I'm going to have a friendly competition between the books I've read this year and see what YOU think was my best read in 2017.  I'm going to post a poll for each month of the year, with the books I've read in one list for you to vote on, so that by the end of the year, I'll have 12 books for a final poll to decide what the best book I've read this year was, according to you! There may even be a giveaway at the end!

Starting the first week of October, I will post a month's worth of books every week to be voted on, with the winner for that week going on the final list.

Here are the books I read in May, covers and links to Goodreads will be below the poll itself so you don't have to scroll if you already know your answer!  It's okay if you haven't read any of them, just pick the one that sounds the most appealing to you!

Update: I got a little behind on making polls, and there will be a giveaway at the end, so if you haven't read any of these, please still vote for the one that interests you the most. Chaos voting is okay! ;)
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by N.K. Jemisin
by Neil Gaiman
by Alexandra Bracken
by Alice Kimberly
by John Scalzi
by Jessica Cluess
by Phoebe Robinson

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Sunday Post #12



Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


I tried bowling this past Sunday for the first time since I broke my arm back at the end of July!  I did it, and my arm didn't really hurt, but the rest of me sure did! I guess I hadn't used those muscles for awhile!

I did end up going to the dinner session of the library book club this month, and then had the morning session today, so I've already had book club twice in 2 weeks, and it's great!  Unfortunately now I have to wait until the first week of December to go again, since I can't make the lunch sessions, darn working! MOAR BOOKCLUB! ;)





Reviews:

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance - by Ruth Emmie Lang, reviewed for Netgalley.



Features (otherwise known as ALL THE VOTING!):

My TBR List:

The Upside of Unrequited was the winner for my November TBR List read, so I will be reading and reviewing that in the next couple of weeks!

Polls:
 
I've started a poll feature to last from now until the end of the year where you will help me pick what my best reads were!  Each week I will have a poll that lists the books I read in a particular month for you to vote what my best read that month was.  At the end of the year, I will run those 12 in a poll against each other, and when we have a winner I will host a giveaway for that book!

Even if you haven't read any of them, please vote on the one that interests you the most!

February - April are currently open for votes!  


Here is February, it could use more votes!:  February Best Read Poll

March could use more votes as well! March Best Reads Poll

I have just posted the April Best Reads Poll

Please Vote! 



The Polls for My Best Reads for the months I'm behind (May and June I think)


Hopefully a review or two!




Received through subscription boxes (Uppercase, Owlcrate and Pagehabit): None since last time.


Physical books I bought: None since last time. 


Kindle deals, freebies and Prime checkouts (which may or may not still be freebies or on sale):



Netgalley Approvals:



Library Books:





My Best Reads of April 2017 - A Poll Off!

It's always hard to decide what the best books you've read in a year are.  We can look at our ratings, but those may change depending on our mood. It's really hard to compare some of those books against each other, especially when you've read them months apart, or they are on completely different subjects.

I'm going to have a friendly competition between the books I've read this year and see what YOU think was my best read in 2017.  I'm going to post a poll for each month of the year, with the books I've read in one list for you to vote on, so that by the end of the year, I'll have 12 books for a final poll to decide what the best book I've read this year was, according to you! There may even be a giveaway at the end!

Starting the first week of October, I will post a month's worth of books every week to be voted on, with the winner for that week going on the final list.

Here are the books I read in March, covers and links to Goodreads will be below the poll itself so you don't have to scroll if you already know your answer!  It's okay if you haven't read any of them, just pick the one that sounds the most appealing to you!

Update: I got a little behind on making polls, and there will be a giveaway at the end, so if you haven't read any of these, please still vote for the one that interests you the most. Chaos voting is okay! ;)
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by Neil Gaiman
by Carrie Fisher
by Susanna Kearsley
by Lin-Manuel Miranda
and Jeremy McCarter
by P. B. Ryan
by Nancy Atherton

Friday, November 10, 2017

My TBR List November - The Winner is... The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Book Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

This sounds potentially cute, and also awkwardly painful.  Can I just say how glad I am to be an old married lady that doesn't have to go through those teen finding yourself years again? Let's see what kind of trouble Molly gets into!



46% of the votes


36% of the votes


18% of the votes

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang - available 11/14/17

Synopsis:

Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn’t stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell. Stories about a boy who lives with wolves, great storms that evaporate into thin air, fireflies that make phosphorescent honey, and a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it.

There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary’s front door.

Publication Date: November 14th, 2017
Imprint: St. Martin's Press
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Sci/Fi Fantasy (I would also say Magical Realism)
Received From: Netgalley in exchange for honest feedback
My Rating: 5/5

Delightful! By turns whimsical and poignant, poor Weylyn just can't seem to get things quite right. He doesn't have much control over powers he can't really define, and powers you can't control are more of a nuisance, and often dangerous, than a boon to your existence! Most who come into contact with Weylyn realize how special and fascinating he is, but it seems like he is constantly leaving those he loves, whether by his own unhappy decision, afraid he'll hurt them, or by being forced to go. Nature gets a boost around him, and the weather reacts to his moods, and you spend the book rooting for him to find his Happily Ever After, because he's such a gentle, caring and innocent soul.

The structure of the story was different, told from the alternating points of view of those interacting with Weylyn, only finally getting his perspective towards the end.  While you feel sad for this man who has had such a different and often solitary life, it is also a heartwarming story as he seems to make it back to those he loves time and again.  This book was a magical hug, and I look forward to more from Ruth Emmie Lang!

Saturday, November 04, 2017

My To Be Read List - November 2017 - YA Sub Box Books



Welcome to my November 2017 edition of My To Be Read List, hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. This is a monthly meme where we offer up 3 choices from our TBR pile for our readers to pick from to help us make the super hard decision of "what do I read next?" a little easier and to whittle away at the ever growing TBR Mountain! 

Theme: YA Sub Box Books - I've subscribed to Uppercase and Owlcrate for a few months now and have only manged to read on of the books I've received, so let's change that! I went with three that were not Fantasy/Sci-Fi this time.

The poll will stay open through Friday 11/10, and I'll update this post with the winning book on Saturday 11/11, then post a review on the last Saturday of the month, 11/25.

If you think this sounds fun and would like to join (the more the merrier, because we love voting!) please head on over to Because Reading where Michelle lays out the rules for us!

And the choices are...

Book Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?
Book Synopsis:

Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.
Book Synopsis:

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Sunday Post #11



Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


I finished up PT for my broken arm this past Friday, so I may give bowling a try again soon to see if I can get back to the league I was in.  Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon was back on 10/21 and that was another great one.  Here is my participation post if you want to see how I did!

I'm thinking about going to another session of the Library Book Club, they do a breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I enjoy it so much that I may go to the dinner session as well!  I can't decide if I want to just show up, or ask the librarian in charge of it if that's weird, to go to multiple sessions per month.  I kind of think I'm not the only person who does that, since many of them seem to be older ladies, a couple are voracious readers, so I bet they already go to more than one.  We'll see!





Reviews:

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso - reviewed for Netgalley.

Charmed to Death by Shirley Damsgaard - reviewed for the My TBR List Meme

Onyx Webb Book 1 by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz - reviewed for fun



Features (otherwise known as ALL THE VOTING!):

Polls:
 
I've started a poll feature to last from now until the end of the year where you will help me pick what my best reads were!  Each week I will have a poll that lists the books I read in a particular month for you to vote what my best read that month was.  At the end of the year, I will run those 12 in a poll against each other, and when we have a winner I will host a giveaway for that book!

Even if you haven't read any of them, please vote on the one that interests you the most!

January's winner was Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Here is February, it could use more votes!:  February Best Read Poll

March could use more votes as well! March Best Reads Poll

Please Vote! 



The Polls for My Best Reads of April and May

The November Round of My TBR List

Hopefully a review or two!




I received these through my subscription boxes (Uppercase, Owlcrate and Pagehabit):


Physical books I bought: None this week

Kindle deals, freebies and Prime checkouts (which may or may not still be freebies or on sale):



Netgalley Approvals:



Library Books:





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